News bulletin 25 March

on 25 March


Welcome to the College of Nurses – News Update.
No. 245 Wednesday 25 March 2015


From NZ media this week

At the front line of health care
Becoming a nurse has been a life changing decision for Uputaua Suniula, as she battles not only to help patients, but also to prevent health problems from developing in the first place.

Nurse may quit if euthanasia legal
A Timaru nurse says she would reconsider her career if euthanasia was legalised.
Luba Gajduskova said on Wednesday a talk by an anti-euthanasia campaigner had strengthened her opposition to assisted suicide procedures. Gajduskova said she shared Euthanasia-Free New Zealand executive officer Renee Joubert's concerns the elderly could be euthanased without their consent if euthanasia were legalised.

Hutt Hospital ED: A night of controlled chaos
Hutt News health reporter Blake Crayton-Brown spent four hours in the Hutt Hospital emergency department one recent Friday night. He found himself surrounded by beeping machinery, blue scrubs and controlled chaos.
It came as no surprise Friday night was a busy one for doctors and nurses at Hutt Hospital's emergency department.

Sell soap for health, says Valerie Adams
Shot put star Valerie Adams says parents should be peddling soap rather than chocolate for school fundraisers to help curb rising childhood obesity rates.
Each year the chocolate fundraising season descends on playgrounds and offices as schools scramble for extra cash to fund everything from camps through to computers.

From International media

Robots offer helping 'hand' to nurses at Geisinger
Abbie, Maddie and Roxie have been model employees at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Always on time, diligent in their work, never complaining.
These three ladies are actually TUG robots that carry out the mundane task of delivering medicine and equipment throughout the hospital.

Indigenous boost to nursing and allied health
A new workforce development and research centre aims to grow the number of Indigenous graduates in nursing and allied health.

Intervention Improves Hand Hygiene Compliance in Nurses
Emergency nurses, technicians participated in experiential learning activities
FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A multifaceted intervention can improve hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study published in the March issue of theJournal of Emergency Nursing.


New Zealand access to medicine worst in OECD
Kiwis have slower and less access to the newest and most innovative medicines than their OECD counterparts, according to a report out this week.

Public health

Rheumatic fever vaccine 'now within reach'
Transtasman researchers are confident a vaccine for rheumatic fever is "now within reach".
The Australian and New Zealand governments have spent a combined $3.2 million on the joint project, which aims to identify a likely candidate vaccine already in progress towards clinical trials.

Rheumatic rate falls more than expected
The national rate of people being hospitalised for rheumatic fever has dropped further than officials thought it would.

Rheumatic fever stalks North
Whitney Palmer is one of many Northlanders living with rheumatic fever.
And a Northland District Health Board paediatrician says Northland's rate of rheumatic fever is comparable to those of a Third World country.

Ointment fusidic acid linked to MRSA superbug rise
Use of a common antibiotic lowers resistance and could mean minor ailments once again become killers.

Maori and Pacific children 'at greatest risk of hearing loss'
Maori and Pacific Island children have the highest levels of hospitalisation from ear infections but have gained the most from national immunisation programmes, according to a new study.

Social health

11,000 disabled children lose welfare benefit
More than 11,000 disabled children have lost access to a welfare benefit that is supposed to support them, as officials try to rein in previously-ballooning costs.


Tackling childhood obesity
Today the WHO released the interim report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. Sir Peter Gluckman is Co-Chair of this Commission arising from his research background and expertise, and independently of his role as Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He co-chairs the Commission with Dr Sania Nishtar, former Minister of Science, Technology, Education and Training in Pakistan. The report has been informed by the Working Group on Science and Evidence comprising a broad range of scientific experts.

Articles of interest

Roles, responsibilities and scope of practice: describing the ‘state of play’ for infection control professionals in Australia and New Zealand 
Lisa Hall, Kate Halton, Deborough Macbeth, Anne Gardner and Brett Mitchell
This study comprehensively describes the infection control professional workforce in Australia and New Zealand. It provides detail on ICP education levels, experience and highlights a diverse scope of practice. The results will help decision-makers to design and target strategies aimed at supporting infection control practice.

Exploring selection and recruitment processes for newly qualified nurses: a sequential-explanatory mixed-method study (pages 54–64)
Paul Newton, Val Chandler, Trish Morris-Thomson, Jane Sayer and Linda Burke
To map current selection and recruitment processes for newly qualified nurses and to explore the advantages and limitations of current selection and recruitment processes.
The need to improve current selection and recruitment practices for newly qualified nurses is highlighted in health policy internationally.

What Questions Should Be Asked When a Medication Error Occurs?
Nurses have an important role in detecting, reporting and preventing medication errors. ‘However, nurses can also sometimes be responsible for making medication errors, so it is important that they understand the consequences of these mistakes…’1

Online resources

Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment - video
Personal protective equipment is used when there is a risk of exposure to infectious material, to protect the skin and mucous membranes from exposure to pathogens. In light of the threat of Ebola virus disease, it is important to emphasize the use of proper precautions for infection control in health care settings.This video is part of "Videos in Clinical Medicine" on the NEJM site and demonstrates how to put on and how to remove PPE. It is freely available.

Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment. Rafael Ortega, M.D., Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., Osamede Obanor, B.S., Kyle Cyr, M.A., Priscilla Yu, B.A., Maureen McMahon, R.N., and Dahlia Gotzmann, B.S.N. N Engl J Med 2015

Patient safety tool: Halyard Health's hand hygiene posters
Alpharetta, Ga.-based Halyard Health offers two hand hygiene posters to show healthcare workers, patients and visitors alike how to properly clean and sanitize their hands.
The posters give a step-by-step visual aid to demonstrate how to use effectively use hand sanitizer for 20 to 30 seconds and how to properly wash hands when they are visibly soiled for 40 to 60 seconds.

The above information has been collated for the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc by Linda Stopforth, SNIPS and is provided on a weekly basis.  It is current as at Tuesday 23 March 2015

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